Former Tippecanoe Co. judge named first female Chief Justice

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush has been chosen as the new Chief Justice.
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush has been chosen as the new Chief Justice.

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Former Tippecanoe County judge and current Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush has been chosen to lead the court as the state’s first female chief justice.

The Judicial Nominating Commission on Wednesday chose Rush to succeed Justice Brent Dickson as the high court’s leader over fellow justices Mark Massa, Steven David and Robert Rucker. Dickson announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.

Rush is expected to take office later this month when Dickson steps down. Dickson succeeded Randall Shepard as chief justice in 2012. He faces mandatory retirement when he turns 75 in 2016.

Rush served 14 years as a Tippecanoe County judge and was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by former Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012.

The Associated Press reports she is the first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999 after five years on the bench.

Governor Pence released this statement following the Commission’s selection offering Rush his congratulations.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Justice Loretta Rush on being unanimously selected to be the new Chief Justice of Indiana. With this selection, the Judicial Nominating Commission has made history and ensured that Indiana’s Supreme Court will continue to have outstanding leadership in the years ahead. With her extensive legal experience, proven character and commitment to public service, I am confident that Chief Justice Rush will serve our judiciary and our state with distinction.”

Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who appointed Rush to the Supreme Court in 2012, released this statement on her selection.

“With four stellar candidates to consider, the committee could not have gone wrong, but they also could not have done better. Every Hoosier has reason to celebrate this outstanding choice; I know I am.”

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